TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A push by top Republicans in Kansas to punish party officials who backed an independent candidate for governor is shining a spotlight on an internal rift that could hinder GOP leaders' efforts to steer the state to the right over Democratic Gov.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state senator many Republicans see as the spoiler in the Kansas governor’s race has a long history of irritating GOP leaders, once even daring colleagues to smell a jar of catfish stink bait he’d brought to a tax debate.
TOPEKA, Kan., (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection in Republican-leaning Kansas by racking up big leads in the Kansas City area and other places where abortion rights are popular, while her party helped an independent candidate deny the GOP nominee a few crucial votes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at what led The Associated Press to call the Kansas governor's race:
WHY AP CALLED KANSAS GOVERNOR FOR LAURA KELLY
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Both major parties say the Kansas governor's race is a tossup in its last days as abortion politics, lingering ill will toward former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and an independent conservative candidate make for a tighter-than-expected contest in the Republican-leaning state.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general told a racial justice commission two years ago that racial bias “obviously” exists in law enforcement, but he said Tuesday that he wasn't saying systemic racism exists and stood by campaign attacks on the state's Democratic governor for using that phrase.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Kansas governor is pivoting from education to crime as a focus in the final weeks of the campaign, portraying the Democratic incumbent as anti-police because she created a commission on policing and racial justice in response to the state's protests following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor is trying to reclaim control over the education debate in a tough reelection race, hoping to return to her preferred focus on public school spending hikes during her term after Republican attacks over transgender athletes and what is taught in the classrooms.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor launched a new television ad on Wednesday in which she says men don't belong in women's sports. It's a move seeking to blunt Republican attacks on her for vetoing two proposals to ban transgender athletes from girls' and women's school and college sports.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Kansas governor tried Saturday to make the Democratic incumbent's support for abortion rights a political liability, even with a strong statewide vote last month in favor of preserving access to abortion.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly wasted little time after a decisive victory in Kansas for abortion rights before sending out a national fundraising email warning that access to the procedure would be “on the chopping block” if her party did not win in the November elections.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor in Kansas said Thursday that if he is elected he will respect voters' overwhelming rejection of an amendment that would have removed the right to abortion from the state's constitution.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A hard-right Kansas state senator who has clashed with Republican leaders has gained a spot on the November general election ballot as an independent candidate for govenor.
The Kansas Secretary of State's office announced Thursday that Sen.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Attorney General's Office has asked Kansas Lottery officials to review some proposed regulations needed before legalized sports gambling can begin in the state.
The attorney general's office approved three proposed regulations but returned others to the Kansas Lottery after “identifying specific shortcomings that must be remedied,” John Milburn, a spokesman for Attorney General Derek Schmidt, said in a news release Friday.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man convicted of performing illegal autopsies has been permanently banned from doing business in the state and ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution and fines, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A hard-right Kansas lawmaker who has clashed with Republican leaders was poised Monday to win a spot on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor, helped by allies of Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general is trying to get ahead of arguments that an anti-abortion measure up for a statewide vote next week would hinder medical care for patients with life-threatening pregnancies.
HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator who recently left the Republican Party has begun campaigning for governor as an independent.
The Kansas City Star reports that grain and livestock farmer Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday appointed a campaign treasurer, allowing him to raise and spend money.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Presumed Republican nominee Derek Schmidt on Wednesday announced that he's chosen a staffer for one of Kansas' two U.S. senators as his running mate in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking a Wyandotte County judge to dismiss two lawsuits filed over new Kansas congressional district lines enacted by Republican lawmakers.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday refused to dismiss three lawsuits that challenge new Republican-drawn congressional redistricting maps.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt made the request, arguing that the state court system does not have jurisdiction to decide disputes over redistricting for federal offices.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans hope to revive a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would make it easier for the GOP-controlled Legislature to overturn state agencies' regulations.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office has asked the Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss two lawsuits that challenge new Republican-drawn congressional redistricting maps.
In a petition filed Friday, Schmidt's office argued the state court system does not have jurisdiction to decide disputes over redistricting for federal offices.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Facing a tough reelection race in Kansas, Democratic Gov.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday gave presumed Republican nominee Derek Schmidt his “Complete and Total Endorsement” in the Kansas governor's race.
The endorsement came in a statement from Trump through his Save America political action committee that was tweeted by the PAC's spokesperson.
COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A southeastern Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing two people in 2020.
The office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday announced the sentence for 30-year-old Mark Hopkins II of Columbus.
INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15 for a Coffeyville man who pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the 2019 shooting death of a young woman in Independence.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday announced the plea by 20-year-old Benjamin Job Mason II.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will receive nearly $27.6 million from a legal settlement with the company that manages prescription costs for its Medicaid program, after an investigation into whether the company had overcharged the state, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has notified state education officials that some public universities are violating a state law passed last week that loosened requirements for obtaining medical and religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccinations.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Many Kansas families would save hundreds of dollars a year under a proposal Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined Monday to eliminate the state's unusually high sales tax on groceries.
ALMA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been convicted of six counts related to illegally performing autopsies in Wabaunsee County, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Thursday.
Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived in Leawood and Topeka, was convicted of three counts of felony theft and three misdemeanor counts of criminal desecration.
COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) — A southeastern Kansas man faces sentencing Dec 27 after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for killing two people in 2020.
The office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday announced the guilty plea of 30-year-old Mark Hopkins II of Columbus.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A national company will pay nearly $500,000 in fines for improperly disposing of documents that contained personal information of clients, the Kansas Attorney General's Office said.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that sharp spikes in natural gas prices last winter appear to violate Kansas law and he is seeking outside legal help to investigate them.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall announced Tuesday that he was endorsing Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Kansas governor's race.
Marshall had initially endorsed former Gov. Jeff Colyer, who dropped out of the race last week after announcing he had prostate cancer.
MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2022 race for governor after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“While I have always focused on helping others, for the next few weeks I am going to focus on my health," said Colyer, a physician who served as governor for a little less than a year in 2018.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — People who oppose mask requirements or restrictions on public gatherings imposed by Kansas counties can challenge them in court and obtain a ruling within 10 days — at least for now — because of a decision Tuesday by the state's highest court.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A growing number of Kansas school districts are imposing mask mandates because of the more contagious COVID-19 delta variant, just before in-person classes resume for the fall.
As of Tuesday, at least nine districts serving more than 92,000 students had imposed a mask requirement at least for students under age 12, who can't get vaccinated, and most are requiring masks for everyone indoors.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday he will prosecute any violations of election laws in Douglas County that the district attorney refuses to act upon.
Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez, a Democrat, said last week her office will not prosecute violations of new voting laws that took effect on July 1.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday that he will ask the Kansas Supreme Court to reconsider a historic 2019 ruling declaring access to abortion a “fundamental right” under the state constitution.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A GOP state lawmaker launched a 2022 campaign for Kansas attorney general on Tuesday, seeking to capitalize on doubts expressed by many fellow Republicans that polarizing conservative Kris Kobach can win the general election if he's the nominee.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas political icons Bob Dole and Pat Roberts on Tuesday endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt for governor in 2022 as Schmidt worked to solidify support among fellow Republicans early enough to blunt a serious primary challenge.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer says a Kansas county election office isn’t doing enough to protect him after it accidentally disclosed his Social Security number to a political research firm this spring.
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Grandview Plaza man has been found guilty of conspiring to hire someone to kill an assistant Geary County attorney and a confidential informant...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers argue that a pandemic justifies special rules in Kansas for protecting the privacy of people exposed to COVID-19 and on Wednesday advanced a proposal to preserve those rules over public health groups' objections...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Monday advanced a measure to create a Kansas child advocate's position in the attorney general's office, rejecting a bipartisan alternative in a debate clouded by the 2022 governor's race...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Kansas Republicans launched a new effort Tuesday to curb Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's power after months of criticizing her handling of the coronavirus pandemic and problems with the state's unemployment system...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A House committee has advanced a bill to expand Kansas' recognition of other states' concealed carry permits...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ Republican attorney general has brought the state into an effort by GOP officials across the nation to subvert the will of voters and reverse President Donald Trump’s election loss.